What I Read Wednesday – Books You Can’t Finish

No review today as I’m between books at the moment. I was reading one from NetGalley and after 40 pages I had to stop. I did message the publisher to say that I had stopped and why.

The book was written with dialogue including “thee” “thy” and etc., and that was seriously a slow read. I really liked the idea of the book so I kept going. Then the main character, who comes across as a preteen boy but may be older, meets a girl tending an inn and sleeps with her. Now I don’t mind sex scenes or even gratuitous ones, but that one was just so random and made me uncomfortable, especially after the tone of the book was so proper and old fashioned. This was on page 40 something of a 500+ page (edit: got to stop writing these first thing in the morning sometimes, page not word) book.

I hate not finishing books but I just couldn’t spend any more time on it. There are very few books I don’t finish, the ones I remember putting down I can count on one hand: Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, by Jane Austen, A Tale of Two Cities by Mark Twain, and Folly by Laurie R. King. There may be more but none I can remember. I might go back to these sometime, Folly especially because I love all of her other books, this one was just slow.

What are some books you couldn’t finish, and would you try again?

11 thoughts on “What I Read Wednesday – Books You Can’t Finish

  1. Definitely lots of books I haven’t been able to stomach finishing…but Pride & Prejudice and Emma were so good I”ve read them multiple times! Watch the Pride & Prejudice movie with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle and the 2009 Emma and then pick up the books and try again…perhaps if you put faces to the characters you’d really enjoy them…have we had the conversation before? LOL 🙂

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      1. Yes, she is ! I got two of her books and loved them! A Desperate Fortune and Season of Storms…thank you so much for recommending her! I’ve been wanting to thank you but couldn’t find our dialogue!! 🙂

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  2. Here are three books I have had trouble finishing: 1. Wanderlust by Danielle Steele, which I started reading because the heroine has the same name as I — Audrey Driscoll. Alas, the opening scenes were so slow and full of descriptions of things that didn’t interest me I decided to set it aside. 2. The Deep by Nick Cutter. I’m still thinking of finishing this one, but I’m not sure when. I heard a hugely enthusiastic endorsement of it by a local broadcaster, and the basic premise — horrific events on a research station at the bottom of the Mariana Trench — sounded totally interesting. But there was too much weirdness and (gasp) the author Killed the Dog. I did get a blog post out of it, however. 3. Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake. I loved the first two books in the Gormenghast trilogy, but was seriously disappointed in this one, mostly because it takes place away from Gormenghast, Titus’s wonderfully strange castle home. Titus himself just wasn’t a character I cared for. I did make myself finish reading it after 3 or 4 failed attempts, but was still not impressed.
    That’s it for me; great idea!

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  3. I can’t believe that you couldn’t finish Pride & Prejudice or Emma. I loved both of those books!
    I had a book on my bedside table for almost a year before I moved that I couldn’t get through… I can’t remember what it was called, but it was supposed to be an easy summer beach read and it was just so slow and boring… When I moved I just got rid of it…

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